The management of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital ,(ABUTH),Shika ,Zaria,North-West,Nigeria said the ongoing expansion work at the Oncology Centre is to cater for more cancer patients .
It also said the need for the expansion of the Cancer Treatment Centre was informed by the increasing cases and influx of cancer patients trooping to ABUTH for medical attention across the country .
The Chief Medical Director of the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital ,Zaria ,Professor Lawal Khalid, who disclosed this in a chat with a group of journalists at his office in Zaria, Kaduna State explained, ” If we record an average of 600 new cases of cancer and 1,500 to 1,800 referral cases annually, it makes it imperative to expand our facility “.
According to him, ABUTH is widely known for its effective service delivery in the area cancer treatment and it will continue to work harder to maintain the feat .
While noting that the gigantic health facility has focused on Oncology (Cancer Treatment) , he said the management is not loosing sleep to ensure that ABUTH remains a centre of excellence .
“We cried out about our obsolete equipment and the federal government has come to our rescue ,hence the construction of the linear Accelerator centre to add value to our cancer treatment .
” We are working hard to maintain and ensure that our clinical and health services remain the best in Nigeria.
“With modern diagnostic equipment , lots of challenges associated with service delivery and medical tourism can be reversed .” The Chief Medical Director stated .